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    US: Sanctions stay until Zimbabwean rights improve

    Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

    Mail and Guardian Online, 27 September 2010 Zimbabwe must show greater respect for human rights and political freedoms before the US sanctions on the impoverished African nation can be removed, the U.S. State Department said on Sunday. Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his inner circle have been subject to Western sanctions since his Zanu-PF party [...]

    Fifa hails South Africa World Cup

    Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

    BBC Sport, 24 September 2010 World football governing body Fifa has hailed the 2010 World Cup in South Africa as a great success. Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke said the tournament has set a benchmark that future World Cups will be judged. The financial benefit to South Africa is still to be revealed but Fifa [...]

    MDGs: Donors hold key to HIV-free generation

    Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

    PlusNews Global, 23 September 2010 Top UN health officials are confident that an HIV-free generation is possible by 2015, but have warned of the need to fully fund HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programmes to ensure that steady progress in recent years does not fall by the wayside. “This is an unprecedented moment [of] unprecedented momentum. [...]

    MOZAMBIQUE: Hoping to reach the MDG on water

    Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

    IRIN News, 21 September 2010 Every day Ster Mamboza, 37, covers 19 km on a bicycle over sand and gravel roads to the well at Machaze, in the southern Mozambican province of Manica, carrying two 20-litre plastic water containers and a two-month-old baby. It’s quite a balancing act. The better part of her day is [...]

    Twenty-two of the most affected countries in sub-Saharan Africa have reduced new HIV infections by more than 25 per cent

    Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

    UNAIDS, 17 September 2010 Ahead of the United Nations Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on 20-22 September 2010, UNAIDS today released data on progress towards MDG 6 and called for leveraging the AIDS response to support all MDGs. The data shows that countries with the largest epidemics in Africa—Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South [...]

    SOUTHERN AFRICA: Social transfers reduce poverty

    Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

    IRIN News, 17 September 2010 Pretoria, 17 September 2010 (IRIN) – Southern African countries have some of the world’s worst income distribution, but can often afford social transfers, which have proved an efficient means of reducing the number of poor, regional experts said at a two-day meeting in Pretoria, South Africa. “Money can always be [...]

    The sorry state of Swaziland: a boiling pot

    Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

    From The Economist online, 16 September 2010 The king is good for the tourists, much less so for his people Renowned as Africa’s last absolute monarchy, Swaziland has been in a state of emergency for the past 37 years. Political parties are banned, critics are systematically arrested and beaten up by police and freedom of [...]

    ACTSA youth and student delegation: Textile workers, IRALE, the European Union and democracy in Swaziland

    Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

    Thursday, 2nd September, David Taylor The garment industry is a major part of Swaziland’s economy and yet the majority of the 22,000 people employed by it are not paid enough to live on. On Thursday we met with representatives of the Swaziland Manufacturing and Allied Workers Union (SMAWU) and heard about the challenges they face [...]

    ACTSA youth and student delegation 2010: The Southern Africa Trust, British High Commission and the Zimbabwe Exiles Forum

    Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

    Tuesday, 7 September, Ipana Chambers Our day began with a meeting with the Southern Africa Trust, an organisation which was established five years ago to support civil society organisations to participate effectively in policy dialogue so that the voices of the poor could have a better impact in the development of public policies. 60 per [...]

    ACTSA youth and student delegation 2010: The Apartheid Museum

    Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

    Sunday 5th September, Michelle Donelan On paper this day looks like one of the least interesting – a museum and a dinner – it could be done anytime and anywhere in the world. However it turned out to be one of the most inspirational and insightful days of the delegation which told the unique story [...]

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